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by Thomas Paine


IN a chariot of light from the regions of day

The Goddess of Liberty came;

Ten thousand celestials directed the way

And hither conducted the dame.

A fair budding branch from the gardens above

Where millions with millions agree

She brought in her hand as a pledge of her love

And the plant she named Liberty Tree.

The celestial exotic struck deep in the ground

Like a native it flourished and bore;

The fame of its fruit drew the nations around

To seek out this peaceable shore.

Unmindful of names or distinctions they came

For freemen like brothers agree;

With one spirit enduedthey one friendship pursued

And their temple was Liberty Tree.

Beneath this fair treelike the patriarchs of old

Their bread in contentment they ate

Unvexed with the troubles of silver and gold

The cares of the grand and the great.

With timber and tar they Old England supplied

And supported her power on the sea;

Her battles they foughtwithout getting a groat

For the honor of Liberty Tree.

But hearO ye swains'tis a tale most profane

How all the tyrannical powers

KingsCommons and Lordsare uniting amain

To cut down this guardian of ours;

From the east to the west blow the trumpet to arms

Through the land let the sound of it flee

Let the far and the nearall unite with a cheer

In defence of our Liberty Tree.